Fitness profile of male club level field hockey players
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The main object of this paper was to create a physical fitness profile of club level field hockey players. A sample (n=16) male field hockey players from a hockey club playing in South Wales league division 1 with a mean age of (22.8), stature (1.80m) and body mass (78.3kg) volunteered for this research study. A Z-score profile was used to determine which fitness components the players performed well at and whether or not there were any significant differences between positional groups and fitness and where these differences lay. The main areas to highlight were body fat % and local muscular endurance. The forward players had a mean body fat percentage of 6.1% compared to that of the midfield 8.5% and defence 8.2%. Local muscular endurance was tested and the forward group performed at a higher level than that of the other positional groups with a mean score of 88.3 repetitions. The overall findings of the study were that there were no significant differences in fitness between positional groups but the forward players achieved higher scores in four out of the seven fitness components compared to the other two positional groups.
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